20 Jun 07Soldiering On.

Well, I’ve managed to pull together a budget that – with a little luck, some change we found in the couch and performing a few sexual acts we might not be proud of (well, OK, pride’s not really going to factor into it) – I calculate will keep us solvent through…

…uh, about 2:15 PM PST tomorrow afternoon.

Jeez, I just never realized we operated on such an efficient implementation of the Japanese just-in-time model.

I also never realized that the Japanese were talking about inventory and not cash. Suddenly makes a lot more sense.

All those Cs in business school also make a lot more sense.

It’s a little annoying to see other blogs get book deals and sweet gigs at places we probably wouldn’t be allowed to use the bathroom while we have to scrape (literally – we did a lot of scraping this afternoon) to get by.

But maybe it’s partly my fault for taking the high road with those Darling Furball t-shirts and deciding not to make a profit off them.

We sold 18,000 of those suckers.

Exactly. And what’s even weirder is that 17,000 were extra large while the rest were double extra large.

Well, maybe that’s not so weird.

But I’ll tell you what is weird. Rattling around in this office without the… well… thing… that put it all together in the first place.

And I see that OS X 10.4.10 was released today.


The Entity would have wanted to be here to see that.

He loved palindromes.

Well, anyway, we’ve just decided to keep writing until we max out Chet’s parents’ credit card.

Why a 35-year-old has his parents’ credit card is beyond me but at this point I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

I am taking the gift horse back, though. I mean, that’s just an extravagance we can’t afford right now.

No Responses to “Soldiering On.”

  1. Dan says:

    Poor insolvent CAR…. but hey, at least the entity didn’t have to see that! And you already replaced anagram with palindromes… no fair cheating!

  2. Huh? says:


  3. Nxxx says:

    Not up to the standard of last week’s postings.
    Maybe you should take a week off.

  4. Akatan says:

    Dude. Frankly, you’re better than the Macalope in every way. You even smell better, man. AND you’ve been doing this longer. Yet he gets the CNet gig while you’re stuck scraping. Not. Fair. We need to organize some sort of GET MOLTZ A SWEET GIG petition.

  5. Ace Deuce says:

    What’s sweeter than a gig where you take days or weeks off on the flimsiest of pretexts?

    Good night, everybody. Good morning, Nxxx.

  6. Carbonfish says:

    I’m glad to see that your little hiatus hasn’t dulled your rapier-like wit, or your clear yet cynical view of the quirky world that is Apple.

    Now that I have that out of the way, 10.4.10 is not a palindrome. If you had typed 10.4.01, that would have been a palindrome.

    Geez John, aren’t you proofreading the CARS Staff offerings at all any more?

  7. Carbonfish says:

    Oops. Sorry. I didn’t see that this post was actually made by Herr Moltz himself.

    Geez John, aren’t you proofreading your own offerings at all any more?

    There. I feel better.

  8. Streetrabbit says:

    So that’s where you’ve been.

    Big congrats on the book deal.

  9. Streetrabbit says:

    Anita Palindrome was hot. Pretty pretty.

  10. OMGHAX says:

    Ya know,
    Back after WWDC, I found that I just couldn’t take Daring Fireball or The Macalope seriously (TUAW too, but I never take them seriously). I kept thinking, does what these people spouting or arguing about really mean anything? Then I went to CARS and, after thouroughly perusing the WWDC coverage, once again felt like there is purpose to life. Keep on doing what it is that you’re doing. And, uh, by that I mean writing articles. Not whatever else you might be doing. Eech.

    CARS has a book deal!? Where? Why?

  11. Psyko says:

    Time to update, eh?



  12. redeyebase says:

    I guess all my clicks on the ads wasn’t enough, eh John? Well, I’ll try harder. Maybe 2 clicks on each every night. Will that do it for another CARS year?

  13. Lucky13 says:

    Lucky 13

  14. Lucky14 says:

    First POST!!!!

    Since nobody claimed it…

  15. Joe Anonymous says:

    “Now that I have that out of the way, 10.4.10 is not a palindrome. If you had typed 10.4.01, that would have been a palindrome.”

    If you convert to hex first, then 10.4.10 would be a palindrome and 10.4.01 would not.

  16. ZED says:

    ooooooo! Good point about the hex conversion! You’re smart, Joe!

    As to your finances, Mr. Moltz. I’d like to inform you that my company, TECHIE OIL from Azerbaijan has had some accounting problems, and we just need a place to store a few million dollars for a while–you would get your fair share of the deal, of course…

  17. Ace Deuce says:

    Psyko, in case you’re lost or kidnapped again, here’s the tunnel to the Tera-Post:


  18. John Moltz says:

    You know, I almost said that thing about hex last night but I was too sleepy and liquored up to figure out if it was true.

  19. blank says:

    This would sure be a good time for Thor to come up with a brilliant plan to return the CARS bankroll to its former robust state–that is to say a wad fat enough to choke a camel. I bet he’s got a plan in motion right now.

    What a guy!

  20. Anomynous says:



  21. buthidae says:

    Madam, I Glenelg, I’m Adam.

  22. Joe #2 says:

    Waht’s a palindrome?

    Is that like where Mad Max fought that guy?

    Wait, that’s the Thunderdome, isn’t it?
    Maybe it has to do with things not being the same forward as backwards.
    Wait, was that one?
    Crap I’m so confused. 10.4.10 is just a repititous series. Why?
    oh, sorry. I think it’s time for my happy pills.
    Please carry on.

  23. Dr. Who says:

    Ok John, here’s a great/good/OK/sort of ok idea I came up with in a state of altered/normal consciousness. Use Chet’s card to buy an iPod Nano with a CARS-J. Moltz personalization. Put it on eBay with an outrageous reserve, at least high enough to provide you with liquid refreshment through 07 including some for the obligatory holiday bash. It will be the collectors item of the millennia, or at least through the end of the auction. You can shamelessly promote it through the site. If people are willing to spend $350 on a Mac SE/30, just think about what you’d rake in!!!!!!!

  24. kingthedestroyer says:

    Glad to see that you made it back John. Hope something comes up soon om the finances, from what you put in your post you got about two hours left. 0

  25. Carbonfish says:

    In the defense of palindromes that are not in hex:

    “Doc, note I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.” – Peter Hilton, 1943

    “Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic.”
    – J.A. Lindon, 1960

    “A dog! A panic in a pagoda!”

    “Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?”

    “I saw desserts. I’d no lemons, alas no melon. Distressed was I.” – Yoda

    “Now Ned, I am a maiden nun. Ned, I am a maiden won.”

    “Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!”

    “On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil; a fire volcano!”

  26. Biff Whammy says:

    Where’s the soldering? Isn’t this post about soldering things on? To, um, other things, I guess?

    Wait, I may have misread something.

  27. Joe Anonymous says:

    Hmm. A few of those palindromes don’t even appear here:

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